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Terminator seeds will not usher in an agricultural judgement day

Lou Pizante

In the polarised and fractious debate over the use of genetic modification in agriculture, few issues have raised hackles as much as the proposed use of genetic use restriction techniques (GURT), more commonly known as “terminator technology” or – to its many opponents – “suicide seeds”. The idea behind GURTs is to produce seed or offspring which are sterile. But Mark Lynas, of Cornell University, makes a strong case that the debate is not as one-sided, or even as nuanced, as it might seem.

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